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Coach Cal participates in West Liberty Recovery, announces alumni game plans

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On Friday, John Calipari took a helicopter ride to West Liberty, Ky. The town in the Eastern part of the state was ravaged by tornadoes this spring, and the popular radio talk show Kentucky Sports Radio was airing from West Liberty to help raise money and awareness for the recovery effort.

Fundraising efforts were going well before Calipari joined the show for its second hour, but he kicked things up a notch, pledging to match all donations from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Before his time on the show was even over, donations reached the $25,000 mark Coach Cal committed to matching.

The show is now over, but donations are still being accepted. Visit, call 606-743-1080 or go straight to the PayPal donation page to help.

A good number of West Liberty natives came out to watch the show live, and Calipari gave them something other than money to get excited about. Those in attendance and listening on the radio were the first to learn of plans to hold a charity basketball game featuring Kentucky alumni in Rupp Arena next month.

Calipari announced a game is being planned for Saturday, Sept. 15 that will feature a "majority" of the 23 current former Wildcats playing in the NBA. Details for the event are still being hammered out, but a portion of the proceeds will go to West Liberty recovery efforts. As soon as further information about tickets and a start time becomes available, we will pass it along.

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